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May 14, 2009

For Immediate Release


By Joan C. McKinney, news and publications coordinator

CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. – “As the years pass, whether you are faculty or staff, people will remember you. You are a part of people’s memories.”


Dr. Damon Eubank, professor of history, gave the speech this year as a traditional part of Campbellsville University’s Faculty and Staff Recognition Program. The ceremony was the 26th that has been held; Eubank was honored for 20 years of teaching at CU.

Twenty years of service was honored for Dr. Damon Eubank, center, who also gave the 26th Annual Faculty/Staff Recognition Service address at Campbellsville University. (Campbellsville University Photo by Ashley Zsedenyi)

In his remarks, he said, “I realize now that I am a part of a lot of people’s memories. What will be the story people say about you? What influence will you have on people?”

Dr. Frank Cheatham, vice president for academic affairs, described Eubank as a professor who makes history “come alive.” Eubank was one of Cheatham’s advisees when he came to CU as a student.

He graduated in 1981 and came back to CU in 1989 on the request of the late Dr. Bobby Himes who told then president Dr. Kenneth W. Winters that Eubank was “the man I want as the new historian.”

Eubank said Himes got him his first job (at CU), and “I treasure it and enjoy it, and it’s been a good 20 years.”

David Pierce, director of the physical plant, was honored for 40 years of service. He also gave the invocation and said he’d seen a lot of changes on campus including new faces. He said he came to CU the same time, in 1969, as Dr. W.R. Davenport, president emeritus, who was in the audience with his wife, Janet.

David Pierce, center, was honored for 40 years of service at Campbellsville University. Presenting the awards were Dr. Frank Cheatham, left, and Dr. Michael V. Carter, president. (Campbellsville University Photo by Ashley Zsedenyi)

Dr. Michael V. Carter, president for the last 10 years, said, “It is a joy to be at Campbellsville University. We are working very hard.

“What makes CU special is the sweet spirit that’s here. We have great people, working hard, loving the Lord and doing great service,” he said.

Carter said, “We will work harder to do the best job we can to take care of our students. I’m excited about the future, and we rejoice in the success of our students. Each of you need a pat on the back for what you have done.”


Thirty years of service honorees were Ronnie Bishop, serviceman; and Pat Daugherty, donor relations coordinator.

Ronnie Bishop, center, was honored for 30 years of service and given his recognition by Dr. Frank Cheatham, left, and Dr. Michael V. Carter, president, right. (Campbellsville University Photo by Ashley Zsedenyi)

Joe Foster, assistant professor of business and economics, was honored for 25 years of teaching at CU and gave the closing prayer.

Joe Foster, center, was honored for 25 years of service to Campbellsville University by Dr. Frank Cheatham, left, and Dr. Michael V. Carter, president. (Campbellsville University Photo by Ashley Zsedenyi)

Those honored for 15 years of service were: Dottie Davis, instructor in education; Dr. Darlene Eastridge, dean of the Carver School of Social Work and professor of social work; Patty McDowell, assistant to the director of library services; the Rev. Ed Pavy, director of campus ministries;

Jill C. Roberts, assistant professor of accounting; Ted Schultz, coordinator of the Teacher Learning Resource Center at the Montgomery Library; Dr. Ted Taylor, professor of Christian studies, director of Leadership/Character Development Institute and lead professor of sports ministry program; and Dave Walters, vice president for admissions and students services.

Awards for 15 years of service at Campbellsville University were given to from left: Dr. Frank Cheatham, presenter; Ed Pavy, Dottie Davis, Patty McDowell, Jill Roberts and Dr. Ted Taylor with Dr. Michael V. Carter, president, who made the presentations. (Campbellsville University Photo by Ashley Zsedenyi)

Faculty and staff honored for 10 years of service were: Josh Anderson, dean of student services; Jack Beard, groundskeeper; Debbie Carter, assistant professor of social work; Dr. Michael V. Carter, president;

Sheila Douglas, administrative assistant to the vice president for church and external relations; Marion Hall, director of purchasing/special projects; Dr. Dwayne Howell, associate professor of Old Testament and Hebrew; Benji Kelly, vice president for development; and Christy Spurling, student loan coordinator.

Those Campbellsville University employees who were honored for 10 years of service were from left: Front row – Christy Spurling, Sheila Douglas, Debbie Carter and Dr. Michael V. Carter. Back row – Dr. Frank Cheatham, vice president for academic affairs who presented the awards; Dr. Dwayne Howell; Josh Anderson, Benji Kelly and Jack Beard. (Campbellsville University Photo by Ashley Zsedenyi)

Honored for five years of service were the following: Dr. Peter Adcock, assistant professor of chemistry; Lori England, custodian; Karen Fawcett, secretary in athletics; Lee Gaines, security officer;

Rollin Gentry, serviceman; Anne Gibbs, secretary for the School of Music; Alvin Humphress, serviceman; Dr. Donna Irwin, associate professor of education; Franky James, head wrestling coach; Dr. Richie Kessler, associate professor of biology/environmental studies program coordinator;

Kenny Lawson, coordinator of transfer recruiting and head men’s golf coach; James Nichols, assistant athletic trainer; Danny Pace, director of South Hall, West; Brenda Porter, custodian;

Dr. Billy Stout, associate professor of special education; Dr. John Vokurka, associate professor of special education; and Dr. Scott Wigginton, associate professor of pastoral ministries ad counseling.

Campbellsville University employees honored for five years of service include from left: Front row – Brenda Porter, Alvin Humphress, Karen Fawcett and Lori England. Second row – Dr. Frank Cheatham, vice president for academic affairs, awards presenter; Dr. John Vokurka, Dr. Billy Stout, Dr. Donna Irwin,  Franky James and Dr. Michael V. Carter, president, who presented the awards. Back row – Dr. Scott Wigginton, Kenny Lawson, Chris Gibbs (substituting for his wife, Anne Gibbs) and Dr. Peter Adcock. (Campbellsville University Photo by Ashley Zsedenyi)

Debbie Lollar, personnel services manager, was in charge of organizing the event. Those helping with the faculty/staff recognition committee were: Dr. Frank Cheatham, vice president for academic affairs; Connie Wilson, academic coordinator; Kellie Vaughn, secretary to the president; Joan Stansbury, secretary in campus ministries/church relations special projects; Donna Pirouz, associate professor of modern foreign language; Pam Tennant, Student Center coordinator; Joan McKinney, news and publications coordinator; Lindsey Benningfield, office assistant to the president; and Ellen Goff, payroll clerk.

Campbellsville University is a private, comprehensive institution located in South Central Kentucky. Founded in 1906, Campbellsville University is affiliated with the Kentucky Baptist Convention and has an enrollment of 2,601 students who represent 93 Kentucky counties, 27 states and 31 foreign nations. Listed in U.S.News & World Report’s 2009 “America’s Best Colleges,” CU is ranked 22nd in “Best Baccalaureate Colleges” in the South for the second consecutive year. CU has been ranked 16 consecutive years with U.S.News & World Report. The university has also been named to America’s Best Christian Colleges®. Campbellsville University is located 82 miles southwest of Lexington, Ky., and 80 miles southeast of Louisville, Ky. Dr. Michael V. Carter is in his tenth year as president.